Capacity, Christmas, Kids and Crates

Vermont duck hunter Bob Glandon called me yesterday to discuss how he had motorized his W500 and to see if I had any suggestions. Bob is a pretty smart guy so, other than the advantages of using a u-joint extension tiller, I really wasn’t able to offer much in terms of changes.

Not surprisingly, a discussion of boating conditions included the weather which led to how warm this past winter had been in the Northeast. I mentioned I saw people in shorts playing golf on Christmas Day on my way to Syracuse, NY. That reminded Bob that he had a taken a photo of his grandchildren, 4 of them in his W500 all at once, on the lake in Vermont on Christmas Day!

I asked if I could publish it and here it is:

4 Kids in a W500-Glandon
Christmas Day in a W500 in Vermont!

Whenever I see videos and articles about how you can add a crate to an ordinary fishing kayak I always ask myself: “If these ordinary kayaks are supposed to be so big and so roomy, why do they need crates for storage?”. They do because they are not.

If you are looking for a kayak (for hunting, fishing, photography, camping, etc) that has serious capacity, and still weighs only 6o pounds, you may want to consider a Wavewalk. Oh, and as far as stability goes, what other kayak would you put 4 of your grandchildren in?

Thanks for sharing, Bob.

Winter Pictures from 2 clients

Despite the warmest and most snow-barren winter on record we still have to wait for spring to get out on the water. Still, I received these photos and comments from 2 very happy upstate New York customers.

Rob Nilson's RigRob Nilson got a W500 because his knee problems made it impossible to fish from ordinary kayaks. He sent me this photo with the following message: "Yes, it's a great boat - this pic was last year at 7th. Lake outside of Inlet,NY. The boat seat is just a little to low. After a while my knees hurt. The chair is perfect & comfortable! Gets a lot of remarks too."
An Invisible Kayak?
An Invisible Kayak?

It took me a few minutes before I could find the W500 in this photo from duck hunter Bob Glandon. His comment on the Wavewalk: “Camo cloth for duck hunting. Worked well– just not my aim. Very solid for shooting from seated position. Had a dozen decoys in the hulls. Very comfy. Just wish my aim was as high quality as the boat!”

Heaviest Pickerel Ever!

I got out for a short while to a nearby lake. Overall, the fishing was just okay until I hooked into this beauty:

Back Support in a Wavewalk

Once I get out on the water to fish, I want to stay as long as I can. Wavewalk owners agree that our kayaks are far more comfortable than any traditional SIK (Sit-in, or as I call them “Stuck-in”) or SOT (Sit-on-Top, or as I think of them “Soggy-On-Top”) models. This is because you are liberated from the “L-position” they impose. We’ll talk about how a Wavewalk keeps you bone-dry in another article.

Nonetheless, after 4 or 5 hours, it would be wonderful to have a chance to sit back in a comfy chair with full back support and maybe some armrests for your weary casting arm. To this end, many Wavewalkers have discovered that inexpensive plastic lawn chairs (both regular and Adirondack-style) fit perfectly in a W500.

As great as this is, there are a few annoyances as well. First, the chair is bulky to transport. Not a big deal but it is one more thing to stuff into the car. More importantly, once placed in the W500, the legs block access to whatever items are stored in the twin hulls that may be either under or behind the chair.

Below is a simple project that makes it a delight to spend 8 or more continuous hours on the water, as I had the chance to do this past weekend. That allowed me to land more than 30 largemouth bass and 35 pickerel in a single outing. Thank you Wavewalk! Here is a modification that is simple, inexpensive and extraordinarily comfortable

Inexpensive chair, standing on W500 gunwales

Same chair, with its feet on the hull floors

Close-up of legs

Same chair, legs removed and 2 strips of 1/2 inch foam attached

LeglessChair in Boat
Legless chair at rear of cockpit

Legless chair moved to center of saddle

To my surprise, the legless chair will not move an inch once you are seated. This means that you can relocate yourself at any time just as you can with no chair. And without the legs the chair is easy to transport, easier to put in and remove, and the lack of legs means total access to your gear. And while the Adirondack models have imposing arms, the type of chair pictured allows you complete freedom to paddle while seated in the lap fo luxury.

2 footnotes. First, I don’t bother with the chair unless I expect to be out for more than 4-5 hours as the Wavewalk lets me stand, stretch, change position and lay flat at any time. Second, the paint just sprays on, but it does scrape off fairly easily. I am searching for a $10 yellow version!

This has proven to be one of the best “mods” to my Wavewalk.